Claim: Video clip shows host Jimmy Kimmel being bitten by a venomous snake on the set of his talk show.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2007]
Is this legit? Was Jimmy Kimmel really bitten by a rattlesnake on his show, or is this one of his “spoofs”?
Origins: Television has many tales (both true and apocryphal) of on-camera wildlife wranglers being bitten by venomous
snakes (or otherwise injured by dangerous animals), but perhaps no actual footage of such an occurrence is as spectacular as this clip showing comedian Jimmy Kimmel being bitten by a large rattlesnake (named Carl) on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, his late-night ABC talk show.
Confronted with this clip removed from its original context (as it is here), many viewers might mistake it for a real, live, on-camera mishap. However, this scene was part of a
Even without knowing that this clip was part of a comedic put-on, viewers can discern a bit of trickery. Notice the presciently rapid cutting from a shot of Jimmy to a
Last updated: 14 August 2007
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